Cavaliers Open Competition at ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships
Feb. 27, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams opened competition at the 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday. The Cavalier men are in fifth place and the women are tied for ninth place after day one of the three-day meet.
“It was a solid first day of the meet,” said head coach Bryan Fetzer. “It is very early and we know that a lot our points will come in the final two hours on Saturday. The Men’s DMR had some young guys running and we made a little tactical error or two, which can be expected, but hopefully we can learn from it. Anna Finger did a fantastic job in the pentathlon, fighting back to from 15th place to score a point for us. The women’s DMR had a solid performance too. We are looking forward to continuing the meet tomorrow.”
The schedule for day two of the meet starts at 11 a.m. with the conclusion of the heptathlon. Friday’s field events (high jump, weight throw, long jump) begin at noon and running races (preliminaries for the 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile and 60m hurdles and the finals of the 5000m) begin at 1 p.m. ESPN3 will provide coverage of Friday’s action beginning at 4 p.m.
WOMEN’S DAY ONE RECAP
The Cavaliers are tied for ninth place after two events with three points, trailing Duke (23), North Carolina (12), Maryland (10), Notre Dame (8), Virginia Tech and Wake Forest (5), Syracuse and Florida State (4) and tied with Boston College (3).
In the pentathlon, Anna Finger (Berlin, Germany) scored 3,563 points to finish eighth and score the Cavaliers’ first team point of the meet. Finger used season-best performances in the last two events, the long jump and the 800m, to jump from 15th place after three events to finish in eighth place.
The distance medley relay team of Vicky Fouhy (Buckinghamshire, England), Andrea Wright (Chesapeake, Va.), Vanessa Fabrizio (Denver, Colo.) and Kendall Cowne (Chantilly, Va.) finished seventh in a time of 11:32.73.
MEN’S DAY ONE RECAP
The Cavaliers are in fifth place after one event with four points, trailing Notre Dame (10), Georgia Tech (8), North Carolina (6) and Virginia Tech (5).
The only scoring event of day one for the men was the distance medley relay. The team of Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.), Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.), Anthony Kostelac (Charlottesville, Va.) and Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) finished fifth in a time of 9:51.33. The race, which featured four of the top 25 teams in the nation, was a close one with the top six teams separated by less than two seconds.
In the heptathlon, Anthony Dunavant (Franklin, Tenn.) is in eighth place after the first day of competition with 2,754 points. The competition will conclude with the final three events, the 60 meter hurdles, the pole vault and the 1000 meters on Friday.